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  • Knock Basilica | Case Study | Versatile Heating, Cooling & Ventilation

    Knock Basilica Radiant Panels As the ceilings in the Basilica are so high, and with such a vast space to heat it was deemed necessary to install LPHW (Low Pressure Hot Water) Radiant Panels. Our client explained that during the winte rtime in particular, cold discomfort issues were experienced within the chapel areas by the parishioners and visitors. In light of the very high ceilings of up to 30 meters high and the large space within the Basilica, such a building could prove difficult to heat. The design brief showed a number of curved false ceilings which presented its own challenges. Versatile and Zehnder needed to come up with a LPHW solution to this specific project. Heating Solution The original Basilica was completed in 1976 and a total refurbishment has now been completed. The Basilica, which can accommodate approximately 10,000 people, serves the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuam and it is part of the Knock Shrine grounds incorporating four other churches. The overhaul involved a full internal fit out to include some structural adjustment to permit circulation along the center of the space. The existing air handling system could not heat the space to that of a comfortable temperature. Unit heaters were considered but as the ceilings were so high and heat rises it was decided that it would not be the most economical solution. IN2 asked Versatile if we could provide a LPHW radiant solution, to be integrated in the ceiling to heat the space. LPHW Radiant panels were the preferred choice for this project as radiant panels do not heat the air, they heat the surface it reflects on and in turn, that surface acts a radiant panel. This heating and ventilation solution provides long term cost savings and provides an enhanced environment for parishioners along with the vast number of pilgrims and visitors each year. Each section of the Basilica has a number of curved ceiling sails which integrates our bespoke radiant panel, this contributes to the absorption of noise. Project Team Mechanical Contractor: Walsh Mechanical M & E Consultant: IN2 Engineering Main Contractor: Stuarts < Previous Work Next Work >

  • We are delighted to see Bewley’s reopen!

    We are delighted to see Bewley’s reopen! ​ ​ Bewley’s Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s most iconic and celebrated landmarks, reopened its doors recently. After a multi-million-euro refurbishment, the much-loved and much-missed café is ready to welcome back customers. Well done to Mechanical Consultants Richard Dixon & Associates and all involved. Versatile were delighted to supply Jaga Pebble Grill Trench for the main entrance along with Jaga Strada DBE radiators & overdoor air curtains for this new refurbishment. Jaga Pebbles Pebbles is a new addition to the extensive Jaga range. It is a superbly crafted cast aluminium grille, a masterpiece of traditional metalwork. Pebbles has the strong appearance of a traditional heavy cast iron grille with all the advantages of light aluminium. The irregularly spaced and different shaped holes give the grille the appearance of a scattering of pebbles. ​ The Jaga Strada DBE is a slim-line classic radiator, available in a range of colours. The DBE (dynamic boost effect) technology gives a powerful injection of heat into the room, providing extra warmth from a simple and discreet heater. The surface temperature of the casing always remains safe, and all valves and connections are concealed within the casing – keeping this radiator looking neat and streamline. Strada DBE (dynamic boost effect) is also available with the super powered Twin heat exchangers, and is perfect for use with low temperature heating systems and ideal for use with heat pumps. Cassette Effect air curtain Cassette Effect Recessed Air Curtain Range is ready for connection, with self-supporting sheet steel housing with no screws visible in sight area, powder coated in white RAL 9016 (PVC Free). Other RAL Colours are available on request. Sound and heat – damping insulation. For further information on these products or to discuss your project requirements, please call +353(0)46.902.9444 or email sales@versatile.ie . < Previous News Next News >

  • McArthur Hall at Methodist College Belfast | Case Study | Versatile Heating, Cooling & Ventilation

    McArthur Hall at Methodist College Belfast Multicolumn and Built-In DBE Radiators & Fan Coil Units McArthur Hall is a Grade B listed building on the Methodist College Belfast site. Completed in 1891, the Hall was designed by Sir Thomas Newenham Deane and his son, Thomas Manly Deane, as a dormitory building for boarding students. In 2010, the boarding departments in McArthur Hall and the Main Building closed, ending a 142-year history of boarding at the College. In 2017, Woodvale Construction was enlisted to carry out extensive repair work to refurbish the building and preserve longevity. The building now houses classrooms, a central courtyard and an impressive library. As well as retaining past heritage, renovation of this iconic building will enhance the learning experiences of all Methodist College pupils going forward. This refurbishment project won the Bronze Considerate Constructors Scheme 2018 National Site Award and has been shortlisted for the RICS Northern Ireland Awards 2019 in the Building Conservation category. Versatile Heating, Cooling & Ventilation were proud to be part of this project, supplying several forms of heating that were sympathetic to the conservation goals of the building, including: Zehnder multicolumn radiators with feet for freestanding application. A striking volcanic black finish was selected to coordinate with the aesthetic of the refurbished building Poletti designer valves, which are available in a large range of finishes including cast iron, chrome, brass and antique gold, were selected to coordinate with the chosen radiators Jaga Built-In DBE radiators were selected as they could be easily concealed behind old timber paneling. This ensured the integrity of the building aesthetic while providing fast and effective heat using low water content heat exchangers Quartz fan coil units, which provide reliable internal climate control when cooling or heating is required in all applications We wish the very best of luck to all involved in the refurbishment of McArthur Hall at Methodist College in the upcoming RICS Northern Ireland Awards 2019! Project Team M&E consultant: Gillespie & Cummings Mechanical contractor: Scott & Ewing Ltd Images: Woodvale Construction Company < Previous Work Next Work >

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  • New Salutem ventilation solution delivers best in class ventilation for Irish schools

    Introducing the Salutem ventilation smart solution with the ability to maintain carbon dioxide levels below 1000ppm in a standard Irish classroom - within the required noise level! Building regulations and an ever-increasing emphasis on compliance mean specifying heating and ventilation systems for school buildings can present a major challenge for today’s architects and mechanical designers. In recent years new measures have meant strict new standards on energy efficiency, ventilation, indoor air quality (IAQ) and acoustic control in the education sector. The problem We know that oxygen is the most vital element for the human body to function correctly so naturally we know that an inadequate supply is likely to have some negative health implications. Therefore, in any indoor environment, a poor heating and ventilation system, especially one that does not supply enough oxygen, will increase the chances of occupants suffering from health-related problems. A large number of people in a confined space over a long period will lead to stale air and an excessive build-up of CO2. This can result in headaches, dizziness, aggression, feelings of lethargy, nausea and a drop in concentration levels. In a school environment, these symptoms can have a devastating effect on the pupil and teacher performance and contribute to higher levels of sickness or absenteeism. Children spend a significant part of their day inside school buildings and in particular, often in densely-populated classrooms. A fresh, healthy supply of air is essential to help them remain alert and perform to the best of their ability. Installing an effective ventilation system in a building is a fundamental way to reduce carbon dioxide levels, and to remove harmful indoor pollutants to ensure the most productive indoor environment. The Government’s commitment to education reform means significant opportunities for those serving the sector. However, we must ensure resources are focused on tackling the most important priorities. One such priority is investment in energy-efficient heating and ventilation systems that not only improve educational experience but also help to tackle the sizeable contribution schools make to public sector carbon emissions. Ventilation solutions Ventilation in school buildings is addressed in Part F - Ventilation of the Building Regulations, with additional support and guidance available to system designers in Technical Guidance Document TGD-030. While opening a window to increase ventilation may seem like an obvious option, in practice it is rarely the best one, especially if done in isolation to the performance of the overall system. Noise control is also a consideration. During the heating season, heat will escape through the open window resulting in energy loss and there will be an increased security risk. This also exposes children to air pollutants, which can be particularly damaging to their health. Poor ventilation results in high humidity and condensation, which encourages the growth of mould and dust mites, one of the key triggers for asthma. In most cases, the capital and lifetime costs of air conditioning systems make them an unlikely specification for education establishments. Schools require a ventilation system that will regulate air quality and react automatically to provide more fresh air whenever a room needs it. Such a system must be able to respond quickly enough to deal with a constantly changing indoor climate. For example, throughout the day CO2 levels will rise and fall depending on pupil numbers, time spent in the room and the type of activity taking place. Versatile's Salutem ventilation solution delivers best in class ventilation Salutem ventilation - embracing its Latin meaning of safety, healthfulness and balance, is a complete packaged ventilation solution that can be installed directly in a classroom. This smart solution has the ability to maintain carbon dioxide levels below 1000ppm in a standard Irish classroom - within the required noise level. Salutem extracts stale and polluted room air and replaces it with filtered outdoor air, with the heat in the extracted air being recovered by a thermal wheel heat recovery device of up to 85% efficiency. Benefits include: Simple installation Minimal dump work Economical control functions Supply and extract onto one exterior wall Optimal operating economy Integrated displacement ventilation Quiet Register for Versatile's CIBSE & RIBA accredited CPD Webinar "Ventilation in Schools" to explore the Salutem and alternative school ventilation solutions. For additional information or assistance in the specification of effective ventilation in schools/universities/colleges, please contact our HVAC Specialists at 046.902.9444 or email sales@versatile.ie.

  • School Ventilation & Heating: Versatile Group rises to the challenge

    Andrew Treacy, Versatile Group MD, discusses the importance of effective heating and ventilation in the school environment, covering regularity compliance as well as delivering comfort and a safe, productive environment. Building regulations and an ever-increasing emphasis on compliance mean specifying heating and ventilation systems for school buildings can present a major challenge for today’s architects and mechanical designers. In recent years new measures have meant strict new standards on energy efficiency, ventilation, indoor air quality (IAQ) and acoustic control in the education sector. The problem We know that oxygen is the most vital element for the human body to function correctly so naturally we know that an inadequate supply is likely to have some negative health implications. Therefore, in any indoor environment, a poor heating and ventilation system, especially one that does not supply enough oxygen, will increase the chances of occupants suffering from health-related problems. A large number of people in a confined space over a long period will lead to stale air and an excessive build-up of CO2. This can result in headaches, dizziness, aggression, feelings of lethargy, nausea and a drop in concentration levels. In a school environment, these symptoms can have a devastating effect on the pupil and teacher performance and contribute to higher levels of sickness or absenteeism. Children spend a significant part of their day inside school buildings and in particular, often in densely-populated classrooms. A fresh, healthy supply of air is essential to help them remain alert and perform to the best of their ability. Installing an effective ventilation system in a building is a fundamental way to reduce carbon dioxide levels, and to remove harmful indoor pollutants to ensure the most productive indoor environment. The Government’s commitment to education reform means significant opportunities for those serving the sector. However, we must ensure resources are focused on tackling the most important priorities. One such priority is investment in energy-efficient heating and ventilation systems that not only improve educational experience but also help to tackle the sizeable contribution schools make to public sector carbon emissions. Ventilation solutions Ventilation in school buildings is addressed in Part F - Ventilation of the Building Regulations, with additional support and guidance available to system designers in Technical Guidance Document TGD-030. While opening a window to increase ventilation may seem like an obvious option, in practice it is rarely the best one, especially if done in isolation to the performance of the overall system. Noise control is also a consideration. During the heating season, heat will escape through the open window resulting in energy loss and there will be an increased security risk. This also exposes children to air pollutants, which can be particularly damaging to their health. Poor ventilation results in high humidity and condensation, which encourages the growth of mould and dust mites, one of the key triggers for asthma. In most cases, the capital and lifetime costs of air conditioning systems make them an unlikely specification for education establishments. Schools require a ventilation system that will regulate air quality and react automatically to provide more fresh air whenever a room needs it. Such a system must be able to respond quickly enough to deal with a constantly changing indoor climate. For example, throughout the day CO2 levels will rise and fall depending on pupil numbers, time spent in the room and the type of activity taking place. Oxygen is a Schools Solution that is simply smarter for everyone OXYGEN is an intelligent and fully controllable heating and ventilation solution that optimises IAQ in an energy-efficient way for an optimal learning environment. It works by combining unique displacement ventilation with an integrated heating system and complete controllability – all of which makes it simply smarter than other options – available on three levels: 1. Optimal ventilation: Unique displacement ventilation ensures optimal indoor air quality 2. Integrated heating (and night time cooling): In-built heating & free cooling solution ensures optimal temperature 3. Complete controllability: Smart system ensures optimal performance and energy efficiency Typical school case study Jaga’s oXygen heating and air refreshment was installed in a recently built, two-storey primary school building. Comprising five teaching rooms, a common room and media and editing suites, the new facility is providing pupils and staff with all-in-one energy-efficient heating and ventilation that is also contributing to an improved indoor environment and achieving nZEB. Twenty-five low water content nZEB radiators incorporating oXygen units have been installed inside the radiators, which introduce fresh air from outside directly into the room. During the winter season this air is pre-heated before distribution. A sensor in each room continuously measures CO2 levels and reacts when they become too high by removing stale air through an exhaust fan. This is then replaced by precisely the right quantity of clean, fresh air from outside. The system only allows the fans to operate when there is a need for fresh air so over-ventilating is avoided and therefore money is not wasted. Specification Commenting on the specification for the project, Andrew Treacy of Versatile Group said: “As always, we needed to supply a system that was fit for purpose and one that would comply with building regulations. The oXygen system met this challenge with ease but there were also other far-reaching benefits to be had in the form of a healthier indoor climate for all, along with significant energy and cost savings. “We are committed to achieving the highest standards in environmental sustainable design in the projects we serve so the all ‘round energy-efficiency benefits of the oXygen system strike a real chord with our customers. Our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable setting for pupils and teachers that is conducive to a healthy workplace and learning environment.” Take-Away The problems that poor heating and ventilation in a school can bring are endless yet it is something that can be corrected. During this time of concentrated investment in school buildings it is important to pay careful attention to upgrading heating and ventilating systems in Irish schools to deliver not only greater energy-efficiency but also an environment that will assist our children in achieving the highest levels of educational performance. Register for Versatile's CIBSE & RIBA accredited CPD Webinar "Ventilation in Schools" to explore the topic further. For additional information or assistance in the specification of effective ventilation in schools/universities/colleges, please contact our HVAC Specialists at 046.902.9444 or email sales@versatile.ie.

  • Why use Radiant Panels on Hospital Wards

    The best heating solution for healthcare settings Healthcare Heating solutions need to be adaptable, offer safety and deter the risk of infection, as well as enable temperature adjustment to prevent overheating. Radiant Heating and Cooling panels offer an innovative, discreet, efficient and safe heating alternative to wall mounted radiators and underfloor heating. It delivers on all objectives required for heating in a healthcare setting. The benefits of Radiant Heating & Cooling include: ▪️  An even distribution of heating and cooling ▪️  Easy to clean and virtually maintenance free ▪️  Distribution of heat via water inhibits the circulation of dust, mould, bacteria and viruses ▪️  Unobtrusive and frees up wall space ▪️  Can easily be relocated ▪️  No noise How Radiant Panels meet the strict efficiency and safety requirements for healthcare settings Safety first The built environment can play a significant role in the transmission of infection. Mitigating this risk when it comes to heating is therefore critical. Certain types of heating are unsuitable for healthcare environments. Underfloor heating, for example, is not an appropriate choice for most healthcare areas, which are more likely to become soiled with bodily fluids. While bulky radiators take up valuable wall-space and become obstacles with the potential to cause accidental bumps and scrapes. Radiant Heating and Cooling panels help to reduce the transmission of infection in a number of ways: ▪️  They are ceiling mounted, so are clear of blood and body substance spills ▪️  As heat is distributed via water, rather than air, circulation of dust, mould, fungi, bacterium or viruses is not an issue ▪️  Versatile provide panels with an anti-microbial coating as standard, which inhibits bacterial growth to prevent the spread of infection, such as E. coli and MRSA The IPC requirements for those using mental health and learning disability environments must be made in conjunction with health and safety teams, risk management teams and clinicians when advising on the built environment. All fixtures and fittings in mental health environments, for example, must be anti-ligature. Radiant ceiling panels are a safe alternative. Adaptability As has been highlighted with the recent Covid-19 pandemic, the demands on our healthcare system are huge. Spaces within healthcare settings are no longer bound by a long-term single use. Today’s heating solutions must offer a greater level of adaptability. Radiant panels can be easily moved within ceiling grids to accommodate changes in the use of spaces. For example, panels can be aligned with new bed layouts in wards. Radiant Heating & Cooling offers flexibility without huge cost – many other heating systems (such as underfloor heating, for example) would be extremely costly and disruptive to move. Efficiency and temperature control With healthcare budgets continually squeezed, value for money in all aspects of the health and care context is essential. That includes all aspects of heating from install costs to long-term energy efficiency gains. Certain areas in healthcare buildings, such as outpatient waiting areas, will only be in use at particular times of the day. Radiant Heating & Cooling panels address heating waste as they only direct heat to occupants, conserving energy when a space isn’t being used. Cleaning and maintenance Radiant Heating & Cooling offers considerable advantages over other heating solutions. There are no moving parts which means panels have limited maintenance requirements. They have a long life cycle and are easy to clean using a cloth and mild detergent. Heating has a significant role to play in making our hospitals and health facilities as comfortable, efficient and therapeutically robust as possible. Radiant heating and cooling offers significant energy-saving benefits and creates a safer, cleaner environment for all. Register for Versatile's RIAI, RIBA & CIBSE accredited CPD Webinar "Designing Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems" For information on the complete Radiant Heating & Cooling Ceiling Panels, contact our specialists. Tel: +353 (0)46 902 9444 or email sales@versatile.ie

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